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Special Add-on Processes For Aluminum Tubes

Aug 24, 2008
Aluminum tubes are used for a variety of purposes. The square tube is specifically used for all general purposes and the round tube hogging headlines for most commercial purposes. Aluminum tubes are not used the way they look after production. Trust a lot of refining processes to act on the aluminum tubes to give them the finished look.

Some add-on processes used on aluminum tubes are as follows

Polishing, sanding and buffing - These mechanical finishes are the most popularly used ones on aluminum tubes. The process of making aluminum tubes gives certain micro-level impurities on the surface of the aluminum tubes. The processes of Polishing, sanding and buffing dusts away these micro-level impurities and provides a shining look to the aluminum tube.

Painting and Powder Coating - Aluminum, by default is available in a rather bland looking color. There is nothing done to change the color of the aluminum tube through the production process. Designers make these aluminum tubes visually appealing to people by employing the powder coating and painting processes. Powder coatings ensure that the tubes do not emit organic compounds.

Aluminum Anodizing - Most designers use this process by default on their aluminum tubes. The aluminum tube glazes in its new look due to the aluminum anodizing process. The objective of aluminum anodizing is to provide a cool and decorative finish to the aluminum tube. Designers prefer to etch the tube to give it a shining silvery surface. The aluminum tube can also get a deep stainless steel look. Brushed nickel is used in aluminum anodizing to offer the stainless steel appearance to the aluminum tube.

A bit more on Aluminum Anodizing

The basic objective of Aluminum oxide is to discard away Aluminum oxide on the surface of the aluminum tubes. Anodizing helps in the removal of the oxide layer resulting in Aluminum hydrate that presents the aluminum tube with its malleability and tensile strength. The anodized layer has an inherent porous nature to it. This porous nature allows dyes to settle in to the aluminum tubes.

Anodizing is done through two ways - Type II and Type III. Type II anodizing is done at room temperature and is used to provide slim porous layers. Type III anodizing also known as Hard Coat Anodizing is done at much colder temperatures. The use of higher density and cold temperatures during this anodizing process ensures that the final anodized layer thickness is close to .002. Type III anodizing produces high density porous layers and is used in industrial purposes.

Type II anodizing is something you could do even in your home. You could make certain changes to your motorbike or even make your horse-shoe shining by using Type II anodizing. Type II anodizing allows you to paint the aluminum tube in the color you want to.

Finishing touches can be given to almost anything in aluminum in your home. It is this finishing touch that makes the aluminum tube look very attractive. Many resources available online will guide you to doing anodizing in your homes.
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